WOULD MARIUCCI REALLY RETURN TO THE NFL?

     He is still being paid by the Detroit Lions and his wife likes living on the West Coast.   So would Tom Izzo's best buddy, Steve Mariucci, actually accept an offer from the NFL's Washington Redskins as head coach?  He at least has been interviewed for a team that has hired two coordinators, strangely enough, but is still looking for a head coach for eccentric owner Daniel Snyder.  Whether Mariucci wants to return to coaching or not remains to be seen.

     Those close to the story seem to think Jenrette, Pa., quarterback Terrelle Pryor will announce next Wednesday for Ohio State over Michigan.  The announcement will be carried live at noon on signing day, Wednesday, on ESPNU.  What a coup for the Buckeyes if they could land this guy to an already impressive stable of players.  Pryor is the top recruit in the country and his quarterbacks coach told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday he thinks Pryor will commit to the Buckeyes stay tuned.  If that happens, Michigan will need to work mighty hard this spring to develop a starting quarterback for this fall.

     And the $4 million buyout problem will not go away for the Wolverines' new head coach Rich Rodriguez.  Note to coaches-- when you take all the money in the new deal, keep your eyes open on the buyout.  Schools intend to collect, as West Virginia does, if they're jilted and their man leaves.  I'm not a lawyer, but if Rodriguez signed to say he'd repay $4 million if he left before his contract ended, how does he figure a $1.5 million offer will work.  West Virginia apparently and simply intends to live up to the spirit of the agreement and the argument that the school was renegging on other areas of the document seems a bit flimsy to me.  Stay tuned.  And by the way, why doesn't Michigan just pony up the cash and get on with life?

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